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Dependent Status for NG son attending full time college

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Regarding my monthly Veteran's Compensation Benefits - My son was removed as a dependent when he turned 18 even though he was still in high school.  I submitted for and finally received the back pay that finished him out through his HS graduation.  After graduation in Jun 2013, he joined the National Guard, attended Basic, returned home on 1 Nov 2013 and since Jan 2014, has been enrolled full time as a college student.  Since he is only in the NG, yet living at home when not in college and I am providing over 50% of his support, can I have him added back on as a dependent to have my rate adjusted accordingly?  My two previous inquires to the VA resulted in a No and a Yes.  Trying to see if anyone has run across this before and can point me to exact criteria in regulation that covers this.  Thanks

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Maybe.  Is he under 26 years old AND he can not be getting money from the NG or government for college.  The government does not pay them for college, and then let you declare them as dependents.  

Also, does he qualify as your dependent for IRS purposes?  That is a pretty big deal.

No, sorry I dont have the specific reg for it. 

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I don't have the reg either. But, I suspect that joining the NG will be the killer. Other than that, I believe the period between HS graduation and

enrolling in College could also be a possible gotcha.

 

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